Jaybird and Fever take on 170+ miles in the Ragnar Relay
This year the Jaybird team took on the Ragnar Relay – a 170+ mile relay race around England’s south coast, starting in Sittingbourne and finishing on Brighton seafront.
The race is pretty unique. A team of 10 runners take on three legs each, between 12 and 20 miles in total, running in sequence through the day and night. A slap band baton is passed from one runner to the next in a continuous run of epic distance – as epic distance that demands an epic soundtrack from Jaybird.
This year we put together a team made up of Jaybird Runners, UK Instagrammers, journalists, and a few ringers from Jaybird and Fever.
We documented the weekend on Instagram and supplied our runners with Jaybird Vista earphones to power their passion for the Ragnar Relay.
It was one heck of a day and night, and included running along the Margate seafront in the late summer sun, skipping past the Reculver Tower, driving in the dark down winding lanes with only some clue of which direction to go, a 3am trip to McDonalds, running past the Dover docks lit up like Christmas, watching the sun come up through a thick forest just outside of Eastbourne, and a well-earned beer when we finally hit the Brighton seafront around lunchtime.
As one of the quicker teams we started late in the day Saturday at 2pm alongside the other final teams – some had been running since 8am. Due to some issues with signage being moved by a few cheeky types we fell towards the back of the pack. The team plugged in their Vista earphones, dug deep, and quickly started overtaking other runners as Saturday ticked over to Sunday. Each night leg finished with a report of overtaking 5, 10 or as many as 20 runners between baton exchanges.
Once the results were tallied up we ranked in third place, completing the distance in 22hrs 44m!